Motorcycle Accident Attorneys In New York
Every day people are injured or killed in motorcycle accidents in New York. In fact in the United States, one person is killed in a motor vehicle crash every 12 minutes. In New York City, considered the most populated city in the country, vehicular accidents, which include motorcycles, are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 30. Parker Waichman LLP is a leading New York law firm and understands the laws that are specific to New York motorcyclists.
Motorcyclist must share the road with cars and trucks, leaving the motorcycle driver extremely vulnerable and with the least protection given the smaller profile when compared to cars, trucks, motor homes and other large vehicles. Another potential harm to motorcyclists includes distracted drivers; drunk or otherwise impaired drivers; fatigued drivers; and human, vehicular, and road defects.
New York Motorcycle Laws
Motorcycle injuries typically occur when the vehicle directly impacts with the pavement or with other vehicles. There is also the issue of a lack of stability due to motorcycles having two and not four wheels, their smaller size, lighter weight, visibility issues, and road and vehicular defects.
Motorcycle laws in New York allow drivers to operate motorcycles if the vehicle is operated in accordance with the same rules of the road as any other vehicle. There are specific exceptions under the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law. This law involves the mandated use of helmets, as well as the use of visible front and rear lamps.
Insurance and liability rules in New York are different for motorcycles. Under New York’s No-Fault law, a motorcycle does not constitute a motor vehicle. Also, motorcyclists injured in New York motorcycle vehicle accidents are not subject to the serious injury threshold under New York No-Fault Law. New York Motorcycle Insurance has specific minimums based on injuries and deaths by accident.
New York attorneys at Parker Waichman have a long and successful history in New York and are fully versed in all of the New York laws involving motorcycle accidents. The attorneys at Parker Waichman will investigate the accident, work with experts and insurance companies, negotiate settlements or prepare and take your case to trial. Damages sought for include medical expenses, including hospital bills, physician bills, physical therapy, and future medical care; lost wages and lost future wages; pain and suffering for physical and emotional pain; and wrongful death.
Some Motorcycle Accidents Are Unavoidable
Parker Waichman knows how devastating and catastrophic a motorcycle accident can be. A variety of issues significantly increase the likelihood of a motorcycle accident becoming serious, including speeding, alcohol or drug use, disobeying traffic laws, and road and motorcycle defects.
Many motorcyclists do take steps to avoid accidents and follow all safety measures; however, other drivers’ mistakes may lead to appalling accidents. Even for the most skilled of New York motorcyclists, there is no surefire way to avoid risks.
In many cases, other drivers may have a difficult time seeing motorcycles because they are much smaller than other vehicles on the road. Because of this, drivers may fail to notice the motorcycle, fail to yield to bikers, cut bikers off, follow bikers too closely, or open the door of their cars directly into the motorcycle.
Motorcycles are also at increased risk for poor road conditions. Potholes, drainage, and other problems on New York roads might not be noticeable to other drivers, but may be very dangerous to motorcyclists. Many bikers are unaware how to handle a motorcycle crash. Parker Waichman’s attorneys have successfully and long fought on behalf of New York bikers.
If You Drive or Ride On A Motorcycle, Be Sure to Take Safety Measures
In the United States, nearly 2,000 motorcyclists die annually and some 50,000 are injured. Almost 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents that place in the United States lead to serious injury or death.
Head injuries are the main cause of death among motorcyclists because there is no meaningful protection between the head and the ground other than the helmet. Be sure to always drive defensively, be aware of your surroundings, obey traffic laws, and follow speed limits.
Always wear a helmet and other safety gear to help minimize injury risks and bear in mind that wearing a helmet will help to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury or death. Also, always be sure to wear eye protection, gloves, appropriate footwear, leg guards, and jackets.
Also, be as visible to other drivers as you can be. For example, keep your headlights on during the day, wear reflective gear, and be sure to equip your motorcycle with fairing or a windshield. Ensure you undergo appropriate training and also always ride sober.
New York Motorcycle Statistics
In 2004 alone, 4,509 motorcycle accidents took place. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV), there were 144 fatal accidents, 999 serious accidents, 1,282 moderate accidents, and 1,581 minor accidents. A total of 96 accidents were of unknown severity and four were property damage accidents. When it came to types of collisions, 1,926 were single vehicle accidents, 2,392 were two-vehicle accidents, and 191 crashes involved in three or more vehicles.
The top 10 causes of motorcycles that involved human factors were unsafe speed, failure to yield right of way, driver inattention or distraction, driver inexperience, tailgating, improper lane usage or passing, reaction of another uninvolved vehicle, improper turning, unsafe lane change, and involvement of alcohol.
The top five causes of motorcycle crashes involving environmental factors were animal action, slippery pavement, obstruction or debris on the roadway, limited or obstructed view, and defective pavement.
Have Questions About Filing A New York Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
The attorneys at Parker Waichman have a long history of successfully fighting accident cases and recovering compensation for their clients. If you or someone you know has been injured in a New York motorcycle accident, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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